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Pope John Paul II has died, aged 84


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This post was published more than 13 years ago

I keep old posts on the site because I often enjoy reading old content on other people's sites. Not everything that is old is bad. It can be interesting to see how views have changed over time: for example, how my strident teenage views have mellowed and matured.

But given the age of this post, please bear in mind:

  • My views might very well have changed in the 13 years since I wrote this post. I have written some very silly things over the years, many of which I find pretty embarrassing today.
  • This post might use language in ways which I would now consider highly inappropriate or offensive.
  • Factual information might be outdated.
  • Links might be broken; embedded material might not appear properly.

Okay. Consider yourself duly warned. Read on...

The not entirely unexpected announcement that Pope John Paul II has died was made a little over ninety minutes ago. The funeral will now occur sometime within the next nine days (probably next Saturday confirmed moments after posting this as Wednesday – much earlier than usual now expected Thursday finally confirmed as Friday), and then the conclave to elect a new Pope will occur between fifteen and twenty days from now.

I somewhat ashamed to say that I really don’t know enough about the life of this Pope to write anything very meaningful, so I’ll just say that, from what little I know of him, he has been a truly Great Pope, even if I disagreed with what he said a lot of the time. The fact that he’s stuck to his way of thinking to the very end is something that can only be respected. There’s a full obituary over on the Guardian site, written by Peter Hebblethwaite (who died in 1994, apparently).

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